I'm delighted to have been asked to participate in this years Computing Enterprise Mobility Summit in London in June.
Adapting and keeping up with the pace of change can be a real challenge and the growth in this area will change the IT landscape as we know it.
In a University environment it's difficult to shape the strategy in terms of enterprise mobility - as the students will bring whatever device they choose - and will have an expectation that we'll support it. So our strategy has to be to - flexibility. In that context, BYOD nothing new to IT professionals in universities - we're good at that with students, but for staff it's a big issue in terms of security of data.
From a business point of view - for support staff, teaching staff and researchers, etc, CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) can present more of a challenge. The ideal model - give staff a small range of devices they can use and tell them these are the platforms we'll support. Easy! The reality is very different!
At St Andrews, we're becoming a more collaborative and mobile workforce - and there are a range of platforms out there that can enhance the way we work together and make us more efficient - or just make us available 24x7??
The increasing use of Mobile Apps to interface with core business systems is driving a direction towards the handheld device becoming the critical business tool going forward - whether it be a smartphone, mini tablet or something in between - this has yet to be seen.
The agenda for the Enterprise Mobility event is excellent and I'm very much looking forward to taking part.
Panel: "Enterprise of the Future: Office of the Future"
On my panel, I'll be alongside the CTO of the BBC, the Head of IT for Shelter UK and the Director of IM & T for Royal Free Hospital, London. I'm sure it will be a fascinating discussion.